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madam speaker who have come down to press their idea -- express their ideas. ideas about how to make this a better place is always important. yesterday the republican conference, the majority had a vigorous time yesterday afternoon as we debated the house rules, we offered our ideas and we debated how we can make this a better place. really work to the efficiency of the people who sent us here. i'm fresh from that and wonderful invigorating time. we defended what we did and changed the things that needed to be done. our members were recorded equal time but a chance to bring their ideas forth perhaps from back home of a season of election perhaps from their experiences that they had back home. it was a really good time for not just me as a member but i think all of us in our body and today we enjoyed that same opportunity as we come together, democrats and republicans to talk about the rules in the house. >> gentleman from new york. >> the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn. >> gentleman recognized for three minutes. >> thank you very much. madam speaker, today is a day of gr
'm told that s. 177 is at the desk and due for a second reading. is that correct, madam president in. the presiding officer: that is correct. the clerk will read the title of the bill for the second time. the clerk: s. 177, a bill to repeal the patient protection and affordable care act and the health care and education reconciliation act of 2010 entirely. mr. reid: madam president, i would to be any further proceedings with respect to this bill. the presiding officer: objection having been heard, the bill will be placed on the calendar. mr. reid: madam president, i rise today to honor john kerry, our colleague, th the senator fm -- the senator from massachusetts. i congratulate him on his appointment as the next secretary of state. he will be missed by his senate colleagues, that's for sure. senator kerry said at his confirmation hearing that the senate is in his blood, and that is true. as he represents america's interests around the world, his experience as a united states senator will serve him and our country well. for 28 years senator kerry has been a dedicated representative o
quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: mr. harkin: madam president? the presiding officer: senator. mr. harkin: madam president, i ask further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. harkin: madam president, on january 29 in 2009, president obama signed the lily ledbetter fair pay act. the critical law, legislation signed into law by president obama after his first election, reversed the outrageous supreme court decision in ledbetter and made clear a worker like ledbetter who had not earned a raise for years still had recourse to challenge her wage discrimination. today we celebrate the enactment of this important law, but at the same time we must recognize it was only a first step. we need to do much more to ensure all workers in our society are paid fairly for their work and are not shortchanged because of their gender, race or other personal characteristic. that is why four years after enactment of the lilly ledbetter fair pay act, i am proud to introduce once again the fair pa
. the accountability review board convened by you, madam secretary, found "systemic failure in leadership in management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the state department. according to the board, these systemic failures led to the grossly inadequate security in libya. the benghazi compound was facing a storm of militancy and a flood of weapons, and facing a deteriorating security environment. attacks were escalating on the compound, yet the compound was inexplicably forced to rely on unarmed libyan guards and a militia that included extremist elements. no wonder the board found a realization that security was not a high priority for washington. according to the report. the board found that responsibility stopped at the assistant secretary level below the department's most senior manage. this seems to contrast with the recommendation of the 1990, 1999 review board on the east africa bombings that said the secretary of state should take a personal and active role in security issues. this committee is concerned that the department's most senior officials either should have known abou
of the superbowl heading san francisco 49ers. madame clerk please call the role. >>> supervisor avalos, avalos present. breed present. supervisor campus poes present. president chiu, chiu present. chu present, supervisor cohen, yes, i'm here. >> cohen present. supervisor farrell. farrell present. kim present. supervisor mar, mar present. supervisor wiener, wiener present. and supervisor yee.y present. mr. president all members are present. >> thank you could you please join us in the problem of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] i pledge allegiance to the flag, of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. madame clerk are there any communications. >>> there are no communications mr. president. >> and could you read read our consent genta. items one-18 are considered routine and if a member objects a an item may be ri moved and considered separately. >> colleagues would anyone like to sever any of these items, camp poes aye. supervisor chu, sprfer cohen, aye? a. supervisor fa
: madam president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: so good to see the presiding officer presiding. madam president, after leader remarks, the senate will be in a period of morning business. senators will be allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. we're waiting here on the house doing something finally on the cliff, we hope. we have sandy. we're waiting on that. and we have a series of economic -- executive nominations we need to clear today. i'm told h.r. 459 is at the desk and due for second reading. the presiding officer: the clerk will read the title of the bill for the second time. the clerk: h.r. 459, an act to require a full audit of the board of governors of the federal reserve system and so forth and for other purposes. mr. reid: madam president, i would object to any further proceedings at this time. the presiding officer: objection having been heard, the bill will be placed on the calendar. mr. reid: madam president, what is the business of the day? the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved is reserved. under
. moreno of pennsylvania. >> good afternoon, madam speaker -- madam secretary. in august of 2012, after the benghazi attack, they published a report on behalf of al qaeda in lib rah, it detailed particularly in east libya. something alarming to me in this d.o.d. report was the mention that al qaeda groups in lib ja have adopted the black flag which symbolizes commitment to violent jihad promoted by al qaeda's senior leaders. in my hand, i hold a picture of the flag that the department of state identified to be a prominent issuance of this flag and on the rise in libya. i also hold a picture of the same type of flag in tunisia, where the protesters are outside. in addition i have a flag, the picture was taken in cairo, at a u.s. embassy where demonstrations took place. another picture in jordan at the u.s. embassy where protests took place. in bahrain, over 2,000 protesters who burned numerous u.s. and israeli flags, again at the embassy. in kuwait, u.s. embassy 500 demonstrators chanting obama, we are all osama. again. and again, a flag flown and carried through the streets as well. in
dangerous world. finally, madam president, the middle east is in a period of transition and change that we have not seen practically in its entire history. the egyptians are key and vital to what happens in that part of the world. it is the heart and soul and center of the arab world. one out of every four arabs that live in the arab world live in egypt. it is the cultural and historic center of all of the arab world. it is vital that we do whatever we can to see that egypt makes a transition to a free, democratic and open society. that is in grave danger today. to pass this amendment today and send this message to egypt in this very, very, very unstable and unsure time i believe would be exactly the wrong message at this time. i would also point out that this legislation has nothing to do with egypt. has nothing to do with egypt. a decision of this magnitude in my view requires hearings, debate, and legislation that would stand by itself rather than in a 15- or 20-minute discussion here on the floor of the senate. for that reason alone, i urge my colleagues to overwhelmingly, as we have o
out of time, madam secretary. when did you aware of ambassador stevens' request and how do you respond to it and did he ever personally ask you to be involved? >> no, no, and-- >> and any of the requests, cables having to do with security did not come to my attention. >> you are one of our great secretaries of state whether it is leading efforts to enforce sanctions on iran, your work supporting women's rights around the world, engaging with civil society and restoring and maintaining american influence in a very difficult era. i would have thought your last hearing would be your chance to give us some advise for what to do over the next four years and beyond. i take seriously your strong advise because i lap to agree with it, it is about time we pass an authorization bill for both houses of congress. instead, we are here in our third hearing to deal with the tragic events this benghazi because it is a chance for each political party to beat up on the other. we can talk about how republicans didn't provide you with resources. we can talk about the administration inside the state depart
from minnesota rise? mr. ellison: madam speaker, i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not agreed to. mr. ellison: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] -- correction, this is a 15-minute vote. the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are zero, the nays are 419. the motion is not adopted. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, seek recognition? mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous co
and pass h.r. 325. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. miller: madam speaker, i ask -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 10 minutes. mrs. miller: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 325, the no budget, no pay act. the budget act of 1974 requires each house of congress to pass a budget each year by april 15. it's important of course because the budget we pass is our blueprint, literally, for how we are going to spend the hard-earned tax dollars that the american people send here to washington to run our nation. today we are in a situation where the united states senate has not passed a budget in nearly four full years, leaving the american people with no idea on how the senate intends to deal with the fiscal crises that is facing our federal government. in the time since the senate last passed a budget, the federal government has experienced deficits of over $1 trillion each and every year, and we have added more than $5 trillion to our national debt. obviously this is a v
that night. >> thank you very much. >> mr. moreno of pennsylvania. >> good afternoon, madam secretary. in august of 2012 prior to the benghazi attack, the liberian congress published a report called al qaeda a libya pro file. this outlined the al qaeda presence in libya. something was especially alarming to me in this d.o.d. report was the mention that siriya and other groups have adopted the black flag promoted by al qaeda senior leaders. in my hand i hold a picture of the flag that the department of state identified to be a prominent issuance of this flag on the rise in libya. i also hold a picture of the same type of flag in tunisia where the protesters were outside the embassy there. in addition i have a flag -- picture taken in cairo at the u.s. embassy where demonstrations took place. another picture in jordan at the u.s. embassy where protests took place. in bahrain over 2000 protesters who burned numerous u.s. and israeli flags again at the embassy. in kuwait chanting obama we are all osama. the flag again. and in libya, the flag was carried through the streets there as well.
. [motor engine] >> good morning, sir. >> mr. poirot. >> i must apologize for this unexpected return, madam. i was anxious to fully set your mind at rest. you have a second daughter, madam? >> had. she died, i'm afraid. >> i am sorry to hear you say that. hmm. in my country, we belgians have great respect for la mere de familie. the mother. she is all important. do not worry. i think it unlikely that the police will ever learn the truth. you will permit me, madam, to return the missing card to the pack. to play bridge for over one hour with only 51 cards, that is not very believable, madam. you make one other small mistake. you tell me that you are sitting here facing the window when mademoiselle saintclair appeared. but your daughter tells me she also is sitting here. so perhaps you are both sitting in the same chair no? >> nothing has escaped you it seems, mr. poirot. [door knock] >> you are feeling better, mademoiselle? >> yes. much better, thank you. >> mademoiselle-- i found these in the house of monsieur reedburn. >> what have they to do with me? >> you are a good actress and a loyal
. [applause] good afternoon. mr. president, mr. speaker, madam chief justice, distinguished justices of the court, my fellow statewide elected officials, members of the washington state legislature, members of our armed forces and national guard, members of the consular corps, governor mike lowry, and governor christine gregoire, and all of my fellow washingtonians, this we know, our world is changing faster and more dramatically than ever before. once in a lifetime events now seem to happen with startling regularity. we've seen the greatest financial crisis since the great depression, natural disasters fueled by climate change, and unimaginable human tragedies like sandy hook elementary. but we also bear witness to rapid breakthroughs in technology, medicine, and the fundamental understanding of our universe. every day i am left in awe at how much we are able to achieve, and heartbroken over the tragedies that we have had to endure. we truly live in extraordinary times. we also live in an extraordinary state, filled with extraordinary people. where the world sees uncertainty, we was
attention. . >> mr. sherman from california. >> madam secretary, it's a shame before the committee. i would have thought that the last appearance would be a chance for us to review your outstanding record as one of the great secretaries of state whether it be leading efforts to enforce sanctions on iran. your work supporting women's rights around the world and engaging with civil society and restoring and maintaining influence in a very difficult era. i would have thought that your last hearing would be a chance to give us advice for what to do-ovdo over the next four years and beyond. i take seriously your strong advice that it's about time we pass a reauthorization bill through both houses. instead we are here on i guess the third hearing to deal with the tragic events of benghazi because it's a chance to beat up on the other party. we can talk about how you were not provided with resources and the administration inside the state department. i hope that maybe we would get you to come back again. i realize that would be gratis. you wouldn't be on the payroll at that time. with the hearing
: madam president, i ask for the quorum call to be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: thank you, madam president. i'm rising today to talk about the vision we have ahead for the next two years and how this united states senate can fulfill its responsibilities under the constitution to do its legislative responsibilities, addressing the big issues facing america. now, i don't think anyone is unaware that the last two years, this chamber has seen simply inaction and paralysis. it's been rated as one of the worst two-year sessions in the history of the united states government. well, what are we going to do differently? how is it that we only addressed one out of 24 appropriation bills over the last two years? how is it that so many important bills never made it to the floor of the senate, bills such as the replacement for no child left behind, coming on bipartisan vision out of -- out of committee? how is it that so many bills came to this floor to never see a final vote? the disclose act which would have eliminated secrecy in campaign donations. the dream act,
that appears to have forced the senate to do its job on a budget for the first time in four years. and, madam president, i'd ask unanimous consent that the period of morning business now be extended until 12:30 today and that all provisions of the previous order remain in effect. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. brown: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. brown: thank you, madam president. i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: thank you, madam president. i rise today to celebrate the career and the calling of a remarkable ohio expan a close friend, reverend dr. lynnwood h. channel berlin. our pasty, woody, and his wife peggy are important to connie and me and to our whole community in lorain. the evangelical lutheran church of america, of which i'm a member, embraces the motto, "god's work, our hands." it means moral imperatives must be the concern of every citizen. in his 31 years of service to the first lutheran ch
of any proposed bill is part of our deliberations. under the current administration, madam speaker, we have also seen an explosion in the spending for welfare programs. for the first time, we will require annual budget resolution include information about the growth of means testing and nonmeans-tested entitlement programs. this important reform will allow us to begin to responsibly control the growth of these welfare programs and ensure they can help those who need them most. i look forward to a productive 113th congress where we can work together to produce results and make life work for more americans. i yield back to the distinguished the gentleman from texas and now chairman of the rules committee, pete sessions. mr. sessions: he we reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: thank you, madam speaker and i thank the gentleman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. slaughter: i congrat
the streets this, as well. my question, madam secretary, were you aware of the d.o.d. report prior to the terrorist attack in benghazi? >> i was certainly aware of a number of reports from threw our government. i don't know the specific report you refer to. there were d.o.d. reports and intelligence and community reports and state department reports talking about the decreasing or the increasing threat enenvironment in eastern libya. that was what we were trying to address with the libyans. remember, the election in july in libya brought to victory what we would consider moderates, people who had a very different view of the kind of future certainly than al qaeda or the militants but there is going to be a struggle in this region and the united states has to be as effective in partnering with the non-jihadist whether they fly a black flag or any other flag. >> i understand this but this is pointed out to be affiliated with al qaeda terrorist whose attack and kill united states citizens citizens and other citizens from the united states around the world. did anyone in your departmen
california rise? >> madam speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 42. resolved, that the following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committees -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is suspended. without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? the house will be in order. please take your conversations off the floor. the house will be in order. please take your conversations off the floor. the house will be in order. please take your conversations off the floor. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 2:00 p.m. on friday, january 25, 2013, and when the house adjourns on that day it adjourn to meet at 1:00 p.m. on tuesday, january 29, 2013. the speaker pro
to be relied upon by fema instead of using an adversarial process, madam speaker. where each a dispute as to whi ch i am pleased to state that this bill includes a three-year dispute resolution pilot program for fema, the draft procedures in order to expedite project closure and decreased recovery costs caused by project delays. madam speaker, i strongly urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. denham: madam speaker, i wish to yield five minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, the new chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee, mr. shuster. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for five minutes. mr. shuster: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman from california, mr. denham, for his leadership and for sponsoring this important legislation. i'm proud to have -- we're proud to have strong bipartisan support. thanks goes to member rahall and ms. holmes norton for her
was agreed to. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid reid: madam president,i send to the desk en bloc 12 unanimous consent requests. i ask that they be considered now and -- be considered en bloc, that the requests be agreed to en bloc, and the motion to reconside reconsider e adoption of these requests be laid upon the table and that they appear separately in the record. before the chair rules, however, i'd like to point out that these requests are routine and done at the beginning of each new congress. they entail issues such as authorizing -- authorizing the ethics committee to meet, authorizing the secretary to receive reports at the desk, establish leader time each day and privileges for the floor for the house parliamentarians. madam president, we really need to have order. it's really hard to hear the chair. the presiding officer: thank you. is there objection to the unanimous consent en bloc? without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that for the duration of the 113th congress, the ethics committee be authorized to meet during any s
. madam clerk would you please call the roll. >> avalos, present. >> campos present, >> chiu presnet >> supervisor chiu: present >> supervisor cohen: present >> supervisor farrell: present >> supervisor kim: present >> supervisor mar: present all members are present. >> chairman: could you please join us in the pledge of allegiance. we pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands. indivisible, one nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. >> going to the next agenda item, are there any communications? >> the first is a communication from the director of the department of elections or to certifying the official election of the order supervisors. districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. and have been declared elected to that office. supervisor: mar, chiu, breed, campos, avalos. the second communication is a communication from the controller renewing the certification of the bond for the newly elected in the elected members of the board of supervisors. >> we will now proceed to the oath of office. >> i would like to welcome
to justice, and then maybe we will figure out what was going on in the meantime. >> okay, thank you madame secretary. >> stephen: "thank you madame secretary?" [ laughter ] she just spanked you, ron! i don't understand. [ laughter ] [cheers and applause] unless "thank you madam secretary" your safe word? [ laughter ] and it's not just that she got emotional, slapped them around, and walked out with their nuts in her attache case. [ laughter ] it's that they say that anger was all made up. >> it was theatrics. again, she didn't want to answer the question so she makes a big show of it. >> she lost her cool at one point which is part of the script. >> this has been going on for four months, she's had a chance to rehearse. >> this anger, this outrage, i can tell you was not spontaneous. >> stephen: now don't get me wrong, these guys know something about faking emotions-- they do it every day. [ laughter ] [cheers and applause] and i respect them for it. but in this case i'm not buying first it makes the republicans look weaker. now they lost to something that wasn't even real. if hillary coul
are looking forward to picking up the ball where we left off. madam secretary, the next order of business. >> item 8, bswsca update. >> thank you, that was quite entertaining. and will it may have been difficult for your staff to participate. but in the future if that's a public hearing or wosh -- workshop, i would appreciate that there is time on the agenda so the others could be heard. i would like to announce that the board approved in the meeting the issuance of bonds. your staff has it on agenda to get your improvement with bawsca to work it out. and appreciate all the work of the attorneys and outside attorne attorneys. and we worked well together, this matched what our board approved. no need to go back for other approvals. i hope we can go forward today and issue bonds in mid-january, thank you. >> any public comment on this item? hearing none, public comment is closed. madam secretary, read the next order of business. >> item 9 is consent calendar, items are to be considered to be retained by the san francisco public utilities commission, and will be acted upon by a single vote o
logistically how it would work to do this? >> yes, madam chair. it's my advice that the committee directs me to competitively bid these services. i am happy to at the end of awarding that contract, be able to take some further time and investigate the actual details around the independence issue, the chain of command and who the budget analyst would report to, how our office would interact, how they would interact with the members of the board, where exactly they would be housed here at the board of supervisors. you could also direct me to investigate other jurisdictional cities. los angeles, san diego, new york to look at how they are provided budget analyst services. so, i think it's from the comfort of actually having a contract that you could then further direct me to provide that information to the committee. >> okay. and if we were to go forward with an rfp and eventually that rfp would have to come back for approval, could we have it be flexible such that if there was a decision by this body at a later time to actually do a contract, any type of proposal we would be flexible enough to
thosances are adoptedded and approved. madame clerk please read items 19-21. item 19 is affirming the certification of the final environmentle impact report for the california pacific medical center plan and item 20 is reversing the motion certification and item 21 is recertificationing the preparation of the findings. >> while the conversation have been productive, the work ask not yet done i would like to ask for a motion to continue this item to the 21st of martian, moved by supervisor camp pose and seconded by supervisor farrell. these items will be continued to march. >> item 22 is aance amending the health and transportation codes to prohibit smoking at certain out door events on property owned by the city and establishing the obligations to notify the public that the event is smoke-free. >> colleagues can we get same house same call. without objection this item is passed item 23. >> item agree the electronic filing will campaign statements submitted to the ethics condition. >> same house same call this item is passed. >> item 24 is amending the code to create
management. and thanks to everybody who attended that. >> madam secretary i would like to pass it back to you. >> any public comment on the president's announcements >> seeing none, item three. general public comment, the bic will take public comment on matters within the commission's jurisdiction that are not part of this agenda. >> if i may before, the members of the public come to make the comments, i would like to read into the record, you may make comment for a period of time not-to-exceed 3 minutes, the speakers shall address as a whole is it not the individual personnel or the individual. first speaker. >> my robert davis and i live in the bay view, 91924 and i would like to ask that we talk this morning about some items one of them is an emergency demolition order for four properties on the corner of thorton and third the buildings are still there, more trash and empty tires and more stuff. i would like to ask if we could get an update on the open notices and violation of the open director's hearing and i put together a spread sheet from the information from the dbi back in november a
and that it was properly issued. >> madam director, if we want to codify this we should condition, shouldn't we? >> well, -- >> that voluntarily agreements between the parties which then means that you take the appeal and with hold the permits with conditions. >> i think my preference is they work it out on their own. >> i'm sorry. just the two options. >> i think i would like to proceed that way. >> okay. >> we have i motion then from commissioner hurtado to deny this appeal, up hold the permit on the basis that section 311 notice has not expired and was properly issued. >> and that the permit was pressurely issued; right? >> yes. >> not the 311. >> not the 311. 311 notice doesn't expire and this permit was properly issued. on that motion with that basis vice president fung. >> aye. >> president hwang is absent. commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> thank you. the vote is four-zero. this permit is upheld on that basis. thank you. >> thank you everybody but before we leave commissioner lazarus would you like to say that we are adjourning in honor of one of our former members? >> thank
likely be targeting other diplomats for years to come. madam secretary, the committee stands ready to help. i learned this morning that you and the administration have proposed legislation to fix the review board, which the committee looks forward to considering. today's discussion may turn to funding. but when reading the conclusions of the board, one must ask how more money would have made a difference in a bureaucracy plagued by what the board called systemic failures. after all, as the security situation in libya worsened, the state department turned away free security assets from the department of defense. state department officials have testified that funding was not an issue. more resources may have been needed in some areas, but the tragedy of benghazi was rooted in bad decisions. finally, the benghazi perpetrators must be apprehended or they must be killed. it is troubling that tunisia recently released a key suspect. poor libyan cooperation has hampered the fbi's investigation. success here is a matter of justice. and it is also a matter of signaling to militants that the
. madam secretary, let me welcome you and thank you for honoring your commitment to come before the committee after the administrative review board's findings. you said you would after the findings were completed and of course you had a bit of an intervening challenge and we're thrilled to see you here today doing well and to take time out of your schedule in these final days to discuss the tragic events that occurred in benghazi on september the 11th and lessons we need to learn from that event to insure all american personnel are fully protected and our embassies fully secure wherever they are. in your tenure as secretary of state and in your appearances before this committee you have always been up front, forthright and energetic in defending our foreign service officers and their needs and i for one commend you for it. unfortunately the tranlic events in benghazi are a sad reminder of the inherent risks that come with diplomatic engagement in parts of the world that are struggling to build new governments from what often has been a chaotic situation and underscore the very r
, and where 47, for a total 364 out of 460 members. so yes, madam chair, our democratic national committee is here at it is about our president. take back the house, elected democrats at every level of government and fight for our values for 100% of the american people. thank you. thank you, madam chair. [applause] >> thank you, secretary. the next item on the committee's agenda is the report from the credentials committee. i'd like to recognize co-chairs to give us an update on this. >> in a. >> thank you, madam chair. on the have of the rest of the potential committee we are honored to present our report. >> the credentials committee received a challenge to the election of dnc members from the state of georgia, and a challenge to the election process used in the election of dnc members from virginia. >> most of these challenges were received in a timely fashion, and reviewed by the credentials committee co-chair. after reviewing each of these challenges, the co-chairs determined that neither of the challenges have merit and the members under challenge were to comment to be properly elect
the house and others will have to address. >> madam secretary, we all wish this had never happened so this hearing would never have had to happen but we're glad to see you here and wish you all the best. secondarily, i want to share sentiments of my other colleagues of tremendous respect for the hard work and service you put on on behalf of our country in this chamber and the role you have. one of things i'm most interested in exploring is how information flows within the state department and in particular in hindsight looking forward how to prevent this happening. so i was curious about a number of things. first of all, were you ever asked to participate in any sort of internal or inner agency meeting with -- before this attack with regard to the deteriorating security situation in libya? >> senator, again, i appreciate your kind words. and i reiterate my taking responsibility. and as i have already said, with specific security requests they didn't come to me. i had no knowledge of them. with regard to the situation in libya, not just eastern libya, across libya, there were a number
. [background sounds] >> this hearing on the committee on foreign affairs will come to order. welcome, madam secretary. madam secretary, on behalf of the entire committee, let me say how glad we are to see you healthy and how much we appreciate your desire to testify about benghazi before you leave office. let me also say that our appreciation extends to the work that you have performed on behalf of our country. this is our committees opening hearing of this congress. it is my initial hearing as the chairman. examining the first murder of the u.s. ambassador in nearly 35 years the killing of other brave americans is not a work in place to start, but it is necessary. the state department must learn from its mistakes to better protect its employees. many of whom served in hostile environments. unfortunately, threats to americans abroad are growing particularly those threats are growing in north africa and the attacks last week in algeria again show the nature of the danger. i support having a wide diplomatic presence. we can't retreat. as you for recognizing your testimony. but it has to be do
. if there is no objection, so ordered. madame secretary, let me welcome you and thank you for honoring your commitment to come before the committee after the administrative review board's findings, you said you would, and of course you had a bit of an intervening challenge, and we're thrilled to see you here today doing well. and to take time out of your schedule in these final days to discuss the tragic events that occurred in benghazi on september the 11th, and the lessons that we need to learn to ensure that our personnel is protected where ever they are. in your appearances before this committee, you have always been upfront, forthright, and energetic in defending our force service offices and their needs, and i commend you for it. unfortunately the tragic events in benghazi are a reminder of the risks that come from being in parts of the world struggling to rebuild new governments, and underscore the real courage of the unsung men and women that put their lives and risks to serve the nation's interests in those areas. i respect what you have done in your tenure in representing not only this natio
of representatives, madam clerk, pursuant to house concurrent resolution 1 and also for purposes of such concurrent resolutions of the concurrent congress as macon template my designation of members to act in circumstance circumstances, i hereby designate representative eric cantor of virginia to act jointly with the majority leader of the senate or his designee in the event of my death or inability to notify the members of the house and the senate respectively of any reassembly under any such concurrent resolution. in the event of the death or inability of that designee, thality alter nat members of the house -- the alternate members of the house listed in this are designated in turn for the same purposes. signed, sincerely, john a. boehner, speaker of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces that the speaker has delivered to the clerk a letter dated january 3, 2013, listing the order in which people shall act as speaker pro tempore. the chair lays before the house the following appointment. the clerk: i hereby appoint the honorable jeff denham, the honorable macthornberry, the hono
: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i rise to present legislation providing emergency supplemental funding for hurricane sandy relief and recovery. the base bill totals $17 billion in crucial funding to meet immediate needs for the victims, businesses and communities devastated by hurricane sandy. since this terrible storm hit, we've come to realize that recovery is going to take months and years, not days and weeks. . this legislation puts the region on the path to recovery by providing the aid needed for immediate relief. we are also analyzing the justifications for further financial aid for long-term relief. that would come in a later supplemental or a regular appropriations bill. a significant portion of the funding in this bill will go to the most direct source of relief and recovery funding available to the victims of the storm, the fema disaster relief fund, which will provide individual and community assistance throughout the affected region. the bill also will support critical housing an
out. >> thank you. my time is expired. >> thank you. madam secretary, i agree with you when people go in the field, they do it knowing the risk. one of the untold stories here is the heroic capture nature of what they did to save lives in libya. i also have to say there were systemic deficiencies and i know you know that. i would like to speak to that for a moment. to my knowledge, no one has been held accountable. our staff had a meeting with one of the state department officials. it was nothing short of bizarre as they talked about the communications. these officials were screaming out for more security. i am wondering if you might mention one reform that might be helpful so you would have known of the need their of security -- there of security. >> i have thought about this almost constantly since that date. i do feel responsible. i feel responsible for the nearly 70,000 people who work for the state department. i take it very seriously. the specific security request pertaining to benghazi were handled by the security professionals in the department. i did not deny them or approve
by you, madam secretary, found quote, systemic failures in leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the state department. according to the board, these systemic failures led to the quote, grossly inadequate security in libya. the benghazi compound was facing a storm of militancy, a flood of weapons and facing a deteriorating security environment. attacks were escalating on the compound, yet, the compound was inexpicably forced to rely on unarmed libyan guards and a militia that included extremist elements. no wonder the board found a pervasive realization among those in benghazi that security was not a high priority for washington, according to the report. the board found that responsibility stopped at the assistant secretary level below the department's most senior management, this seems to contrast with the recommendation of the 1990 -- 1999 accountable on the east africa bombings which said quote, the secretary of state should take a personal and active role in security issues. this committee is concerned that the department's most senior of
to the budget analyst says report. >> madame chair and supervisor avalos, on page 4 of our report we point out that as shown in table 1 and that is on page 5 of our report. the fiscal year 2013-14 japan center garage budget and that is the first '13-14 is the first full-year budget under this proposed lease and results in estimated net revenues to sfmta of $1359 million. and then on page 5 of our report. as the committee just discussed the $2 million of the japan center garage corporation capital improvement account to the sfmta to support sfmta operating expenditures. we also note on the bottom of page 5, that the management fees or the management costs of the japan center garage corporation of $319,000 in '13-14 is 11.4% of the expenditure budget of about $2.8 million. and the sfmta has explained that these management costs allocated to the japan center garage of 11.4% to the next item of the sutter stockton garage are significantly higher because the uptown parking corporation's management costs are distributed between the sutter stockton garage and the union square garage as the union squa
of new jersey, new york, connecticut. i yield back. >> the gentleman from new york. what think you, madam chair. i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, i am pleased today on the floor, though it may be delayed, that we are acting on legislation vital to sandy disaster relief legislation to increase the borrowing authority by fema on behalf of the national flood insurance program. by increasing financing by $9.70 billion, this will provide relief for 120,000 victims who have waited far too long for a payment. i support today's bill as an important step towards recovery. the house actions to date, i believe, are still slow. 68 days have gone by. i know we have some commitment to move forward, but i am hopeful we will the people entitlements that these people need. some of the programs that need funding are those to work and protecting the shorelines and coastal communities, small business administration to provide loans. before i yield back my time, let me take some special time to thank mr. garrett. i want to thank every member of the new york, connecticut, and new jerse
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